her favorite band four times, promoted
up-and-coming musicians all over the
by Southwest Music Festival as the founder
of Infectious magazine and Muddy Paw
college, it made financial sense in every
way," said the 28-year-old graduate of
Alvirne High School in Hudson, N.H.
because it was close to home, and after
comparing schools in New Hampshire and
Massachusetts it was apparent to her that
MCC offered the highest quality education.
my life," she said. "I knew I wanted to do
something with writing, but was at a loss
for what." Taking "Creative Writing" with
Humanities Professor Gail Mooney was the
spark she needed.
shape it, and really learn to write well. That
is a huge part of PR," said Mastrogiacomo,
who graduated in 2009 with a Liberal Arts
& Sciences/Communications Concentration
degree. "It can be hard to find good
professors, but I had more than my fair share
January 2009 when she walked into Lupo's
Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I., to see
her favorite band, Anberlin. She caught
the set of opening act The Coming Weak.
"I was totally enamored by their stage
presence and energy," she recalled. "I had
an overwhelming feeling that I had to get
the word out about this band."
born. Her first interview? The Coming Weak.
I fell in love with one specific, completely
unknown band," Mastrogiacomo said. "But
then I thought, `Why stop with them?' I want
to do this with other emerging artists."
on the scene. With no real blueprint out
there to tell her how it "should" be done,
Mastrogiacomo forged her own path.
force myself to do it anyway," she said,
adding she pushed through her initial
nervousness in talking to musicians, not
wanting to look like just another fan girl.
particularly when in the presence of
Anberlin, who she had the opportunity to
interview four times before the group broke
up in 2014.
Mastrogiacomo enrolled at the University
of New Hampshire, where she continued
to write Infectious and earned a bachelor's
degree in communication arts.
market was awful. I kept getting laid off,"
she said. Looking for a way to leverage the
music connections she had made into a
business, she realized she needed to look
make money ever. It was a sad reality
check," said Mastrogiacomo. "So I thought
of PR. I wanted to create my own job and job
security and do what I love."
named in honor of her Border Collie mix,
Sawyer. Her first client was Like Kites, a
friend's band from Australia. She has since
built a business that employs two other
publicists and two interns.
bands, such as Scribble Victory, Dream
Arcade, Hydrogen Skyline, Brian Howell
and Constant Coogan.
Toronto and "somewhere in New England."
She spent most of last year on a whirlwind
tour of the United States, including Chicago,
Nashville, Austin, San Francisco, Los
Angeles, New Orleans and Portland.
events called Balanced Breakfast, a program
that originated in San Francisco, in the cities
was a good way to get people together and
network," she said. "And I got to meet a lot
of my clients in person for the first time!"